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VISITING BUCOLIC THAILAND
Making the most of the warm weather.
7 Shades of Summer - From soft pastels to a punch of pink, brighten your home with a little color.
Lift your glass to these three sultry, summer cocktails.
This southeast Asian nation is not just about Bangkok.
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12 | DETAILS Bringing light to dark, outdoor spaces. 13 | JOHN’S FAVORITES DC’s Best Burgers 16 | DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Focusing on Patrick Baglino. 17 | CULTURE Roman Ruins and Yellowstone’s Animals – take it all in without leaving Washington this summer. 18 | DESIGN NEWS 2016 DC Design House
26 | CALENDAR Upcoming events in Washington D.C. 27 | DC FUN FACTS The National Archives edition. 30 | FOODIE Breezy and spicy. Keeping it both with watermelon gazpacho, corn salad with hazelnuts, pecorino and mint, spicy chicken chipotle and a delicious basil chip ice cream
34 | HEALTH & WELLNESS 4Summer tips that do a body gorgeously good! 36 | STYLIST Style by way of the UK! 38 | MONEY & FINANCE Get onboard and explore summer financial planning strategies. 40 | REAL ESTATE John Eric’s real estate highlights 44 | BUZZ The news that all of Washington is talking about. 45 | DIPLOMACY Details on exploring Embassy Row, spending an evening at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and news from Canada. 46 | BLACK BOOK Keep this list of the world’s most exotic outdoor restaurants to both satiate your cravings and compel your senses.
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CONTRIBUTORS CHARLES M. TAPPAN, JR. Before joining Republic National Distributing Company LLC, Charles worked in finance, as a broker on Wall Street and as an equity trader. He decided to make the leap into the Hospitality industry in 2011 while looking for the fountain of youth, and since
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then he has worked as a bartender at some of the best hotels and restaurants in Washington, DC, including Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt and the Jose Andreas Think Food Group. Not only is he a member of the US Bartender’s Guild and DC Craft Guild, but he is highly decorated in the mixology community.
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MARC SCHLIEFER has been in the financial planning business since 1978, when he joined
Equity Planning Institute, Inc. He became President of Equity Planning Institute, Inc. in 1996.
With over 33 years of practicing financial planning, Marc has worked mainly on individual financial planning and counsels clients on all aspects of their financial life. SHERRY MOELLER co-founder and principal of MoKi Media, was a previous editor in chief of Capitol File magazine/Niche Media covering politicians, celebrities, fashion, travel, hospitality and lifestyle in Washington, DC and around the country. She now specializes in public relations for interior design, architecture and hospitality clients, among other luxury brands.
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JOAQUIN “JOCKO” FAJARDO has been in the Capitol area for over 12 years. Jocko was educated at the London Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America. Working in the homes of celebrities, politicians, CEO’s and American elite, Jocko combines a flair for the creative in his cooking. “I live for fresh, delicious, colorful and hearty cooking. DAVID BROWN became a pioneer of design in some of DC and Virginia’s most up-and-coming
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eclectic style and appreciation for architecture is reflected in his work thanks to his unique cultural perspective gained through his travels. JEANINE FINELLI is a 2008 graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. She is the founder of Love Yourself to Health, and has a background in the pharmaceutical industry, which includes Sales and Marketing, and Assistant Project Management. She is an Executive Health Coach, a Speaker, and the published author of Love Yourself to Health...with Gusto –Toxic relationships, Toxic food, Toxic thoughts…no more!
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What is better than lounging outside, sipping a cold drink and perusing a magazine under the warm summer sun? This issue of John Eric Home will satiate your craving for summertime features, news and events throughout the Washington region. (Including, wonderful summer cocktail selections in our “Mixology” section.) Start with our cover story, which features a great read on the seven shades of summer and continue on to “Home Trends,” which offers terrific suggestions on the keys to outdoor living. In “Details,” check out new patio lighting fixtures that will upgrade your outdoor living space. These three features provide you with great ideas to enjoy summer living inside your home. If you chose to leave your comfortable abode, make sure not to miss out “Stylist” section to outfit yourself for the season. Then, make sure to read “Diplomacy,” “Calendar” and “Culture” to discover all of the hottest events that Washington has to offer in the summer. As the mercury rises, Washington hosts tons of wonderful things to do and see. Summer is fantastic and John Eric Home is here to bring you all the best this season has to offer!
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Thailand Visiting Bucolic
With sixteen million foreigners flying into the country each year, Thailand is Asia’s primary travel destination and offers a host of places to visit. Yet, despite this influx of visitors, Thailand’s cultural integrity remains largely undamaged – this country is not all about the neon signs, glitz and pulse of humanity in its capital of Bangkok. There is so much more to see. 10
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The typical Thai community is still the farming village and you need not venture far to encounter a more traditional scene of fishing communities, rubber plantations and Buddhist temples. Here is Thailand at its best. If you want to visit some of the most prolific sites this country has to offer – make sure to travel to these places – you will not be disappointed. #01 Koh Kood Koh Kood is located in the southeast part of Thailand, near the maritime border with Cambodia. This large, mountainous island is home to a pristine, largely jungle covered interior while its western and southern coasts are dotted with glorious white-sand beaches. The waters surrounding the island are crystal clear and many believe it is the most beautiful island that Thailand offers. In the past, Koh Kood has primarily been visited by organized tours. This has not been the case for a few years now. Most of the eateries, cafes, bars and shops of interest to tourists are gathered around the Khlong Chao area. Koh Kood is not a nightlife destination – it is all about relaxing on the beach in paradise. #02 Ayutthaya No visit to Thailand is complete without a journey to Ayutthaya. Founded in 1350, this
former city became the second Siamese capital and also makes the list as a world heritage site. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century but its ruins, characterized by the prang towers and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendor. River boats and bicycles are the perfect way to explore the scattered temple ruins of this former capital. Bicycling around them is the most enjoyable and fun way to spend the day. The archaeological park is easily reachable and manageable on bike. The paths are paved and the distances between temples are small. Its fine to bike to the off-island sites too (Floating Market, various wats) as long as you’re confident sharing the roads with the speedy Thai traffic. #03 Khao Yai National Park Established in 1962 as Thailand’s first national park, it is the third largest national park in Thailand. Situated mainly in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Khao Yai extends into Prachinburi, Saraburi and Nakhon Nayok provinces. Khao Yai is just 3 hours away from Bangkok. The park is home to around 300 resident and migratory birds and has one of Thailand’s
largest populations of hornbills. Some common mammals include elephants, bears, gaurs, barking deer, otters, gibbons and macaques. There hasn’t been signs of tiger activity in the park for a while, but camera traps have revealed a significant tiger population in neighboring parks. #04 Riding the Death Railway, River Kwai It is very easy to sign up for a full day tour to Kanchanaburi, 80 miles west of Bangkok. This is where you will find the famous Bridge on the River Kwai and the beginning of the Death Railway, a poignant reminder of the thousands of POW’s and forced laborers who lost their lives in the Second World War. Fascinating, nostalgic and memorable sum up this experience as you travel through agricultural areas rich with with sugar cane, rice paddies and pineapple plantations. The famous bridge and the beginning of the ‘Death Railway’ is located one mile outside of the town. The building of the bridge in 1943 was one part of a huge Japanese wartime project to link existing Thai and Burmese railway lines to create a direct route from Bangkok, Thailand to Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar) in an effort to support the Japanese occupation of Burma.
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OutdoorS BRINGING LIGHT TO THE
FRANKLIN IRON WORKS FRAMED SLATE BRONZE WALL LIGHT This contemporary outdoor wall light frames a panel of genuine slate with a bronze finish and two lights. The slate panel is lit on each side to highlight the texture. A halogen downlight adds functional convenience by lighting your path. From Franklin Iron Works™. Available from Eurostyle Lighting.
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OUTDOOR OIL LAMP Flickering light from an oil lamp adds warm ambiance to an outdoor space. It’s designed with a tall, slender silhouette for an updated look that complements any seating or dining setting. Its diameter is 3.75” and is 63” high. The lamp will take citronella and paraffin oil. Available at Pottery Barn.
VINTAGE LIGHT STRING Reminiscent of lights seen in Italy’s piazzas and the Tuscan countryside, this temporary decorative lighting for illuminating outdoor gatherings has all-weather wiring and uses 24 clear 11 watt S14 bulbs. Available at Restoration Hardware.
LUAU® PORTABLE LED LAMP When removed from its charging base, it automatically lights up and can be placed almost anywhere you like, providing dimmable warm ambient light for 5–10 hours between charges. The portable lantern features an energyefficient, 36-LED bulb pack with an impact- and waterresistant polyethylene housing suitable for both indoors and out. Available at Design Within Reach.
Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Favorites There is nothing like a well-made hamburger. Whether you prefer sloppy, juicy burgers or crave a more artisanal flair, here are my picks for the best of the bunch when you hunger for a good burger.
FIVE GUYS This dynamic up and coming local company started with college roommates each receiving a gift of a needlepoint belt. The rest they say is history. They saw a need, took advantage of it and are living the dream. They have expanded into other items from cufflinks to hats and so much more. As an owner of a few of their items and as big fan of quality, they have it in spades. Treat yourself to something special.
CENTRAL MICHEL RICHARD CITIZEN BURGER BAR Here, they team up with nearby farms and have designed a menu based on locally produced, toptier ingredients. The buns are locally made at Baguette Republic Bakery. The cheeses are made locally at Mountainview Farm and the beef comes from all-natural, organically raised cows from Timbercreek Farm, about 5 miles outside of Charlottesville, VA. (Clarendon)
Eating a burger from Central Michel Richard is an incredible experience. Their burgers are one of the best in the entire DC area. But, it is not just beef in which they specialize. Their Ahi Tuna and Lobster Burgers are amazing too. (Downtown)
IThis burger, with its jalapenopickle relish, tomato relish, garlic aioli, sharp cheddar & jack cheeses is sure to make your taste buds happy. (Georgetown)
BURGER TAP & SHAKE IThis burger, with its jalapenopickle relish, tomato relish, garlic aioli, sharp cheddar & jack cheeses is sure to make your taste buds happy. (Georgetown)
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OUTDOORS L I V I N G by David Brown
Warm weather encourages all of us to think more towards outdoor living. Depending on your climate and year round weather, there are so many choices waiting for you as you create your indoor-outdoor oasis. The trend of clean lines and sleek silhouettes most associated with the contemporary style is continuing to grow in popularity for 2016. Characterized by the use of metals or metallic finishes, this urban-inspired look underscores the outdoor room as an extension of interior living and furniture styles. The “new” contemporary style is not necessarily the cold, minimalist look that is sometimes associated with more modern furniture, but rather a reflection of what is now current in terms of lifestyles and activities. Today, we are all more interested on the space and how it is utilized and less on the objects in the space. As homeowners become savvier, the demand for customizing the outdoor space has influenced more creativity and innovation in development by manufacturers for designers and retailers. The consumer has realized that they can custom build their backyard dreams and are enjoying creating their unique visions. Families today are looking to reflect their personal preferences and lifestyles in their homes inside and out, and they are achieving it in a number of ways. Nothing conveys relaxation and comfort in casual furniture more than a conversation group. The conversation chat group is projected to surpass the once popular dining set as the fastest growing segment of outdoor furniture. Part of the allure of conversational seating is its
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flexibility. Whether it’s a large or small sectional, curved or crescent shape, outdoor manufacturers say conversational seating is one trend that elevates all the elements of the outdoor room. It allows the consumer to configure it any way they prefer. We all love furniture that can grow as the party gets bigger. In an outdoor environment, walls are not needed to define a room. While outdoor spaces are technically not rooms, the size requirements are similar. Much like a dining room or a family room, you will need enough space for your furniture and to comfortably circulate. Make sure you measure the spaces in your home to determine what layout will work for your outdoor deck, porch or patio. Neutral tones remain the most popular base color for outdoor furniture — with gray the hottest of the neutrals. The use of bold colors and designer patterns as accents have given consumers an easy way to customize their outdoor room. The contemporary style is driven by metallic finishes and goes toward light and soft grays. Traditional styles remain in earth tones — beige, brown and tan. The luxury upper-end consumer knows that he or she can give the outdoor room a facelift by introducing color in unique bold patterns and stripes. Furthering the desire to create a custom look is the concept of mixing materials. Through the use of raw materials or production techniques to simulate them, manufacturers have jumped on the trend for more interesting combinations of
materials and are now delivering eclectic and unique outdoor collections. A few of the biggest trends include cement mixed with real teak and woven pieces combined with exposed aluminum. Perhaps you have noticed that platform seating seems to be everywhere this season. This new trend began a few years ago and picked up last year. Platform designs lend themselves to lots of flexibility—they can be used as a sofa, chaise or daybed. Platforms tend to look better in modern settings. Be on the look out for minimalist looks with reduced shapes, soft lines with little ornamentation and without rough edges. Wood farmhouse style tables mixed with benches and chairs transmits warmth and friendliness thanks to soft curves and gentle colors. The use of wood radiates warmth and naturalness. High quality timber, which is suitable specifically for the outdoor area, will defy natural elements. Woods such as teak wood require minimal maintenance, compared to other types of wood, for you to enjoy for many years. Here are features and benefits of materials from which you can choose when designing your indoor/outdoor retreat. ALUMINUM Benefits: Lightweight, durable, doesn’t rust or fade, low maintenance, affordable Insight: When aluminum patio furniture sits in the sun it can become hot. Powder coated aluminum furniture can come in a variety of colors and is durable. (Powder coating is a layer of polyester or epoxy powder that is fused to the surface to form a protective layer.) Look for UV-resistant finishes and rustproof hardware. PLASTIC, POLYMER, AND RESIN Benefits: Lightweight, low maintenance, inexpensive, stackable, available in a variety of colors Insight: Most plastic furniture does not require painting or sealing. Plastic furniture (especially resin) can be made to resemble wicker, wood, and more. Recycled plastic furniture (including marine-grade polymer furniture) is made of high-density polyethylene, which comes from milk cartons, shampoo bottles, and more. Furniture made with recycled plastic and resin (a high-quality, strong plastic) was developed to be highly durable and resistant to moisture, stains, mildew, and insects. This type of plastic won’t peel, crack or fade. Often high-quality recycled plastic furniture can be heavier than traditional plastic furniture. In lower-quality plastic furniture, look for UV-stabilized pigments to reduce fading. STEEL Benefits: Sturdy, durable Insight: Steel furniture is heavier than aluminum, but lighter than wrought iron. When in direct sunlight, steel furniture can become hot to the touch. For comfort, you may want to purchase cushions made of fade-resistant all-weather fabric. WICKER/RATTAN Benefits: Lightweight, flexible, comfortable Insight: Wicker and rattan are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, making great additions to sunrooms, porches, and decks. Available in a wide range of colors, the materials have a slightly coastal, rustic, or country vibe.
Wood Types: Teak is a dense-grained tropical hardwood. It is resistant to rotting, warping, shrinkage, and swelling. A more expensive option, teak will age to a gray shade if left untreated and takes varnish well. Eucalyptus is a versatile hardwood. A more budget-friendly option, eucalyptus is naturally resistant to moisture damage and insects. Refinish eucalyptus periodically to maintain its finish. Teak and eucalyptus are more durable and easier to maintain. Cedar and pine are softwoods that will age to a gray finish if left unsealed or unpainted. Cedar is generally more expensive. Look for pressure-treated pine. WROUGHT IRON Benefits: Sturdy, durable, can be left out to withstand the elements Insight: Wrought iron furniture can be heavy and will need to be protected against rust if it isn’t powder coated. It’s available in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern. For comfort, wrought iron furniture may require a cushion, which should be made of all-weather fabric to protect against fading In order to create a truly beautiful outdoor space, think of it like the living space inside. Patio heaters, fire pits, and beverage coolers, once considered luxuries, are now necessities. The fire element in the outdoor room draws people and activities and is a natural focal point, making it a hugely popular feature. Beyond its visual impact and practical uses, fire pits extend the enjoyment of outdoor living and it’s a natural to bring people together for eating, talking and relaxing. Having too much fun in the sun and need a break in the shade? Add a versatile patio umbrella, which conveniently tilts for the best shade, whether you’re enjoying morning coffee or a drink in the evening. Outdoor curtains can also offer dramatic ways to filter sunlight and add dimension to your patio area. Patio curtains are also ideal for creating a border between outdoor spaces. You cannot forget to accessorize your space and make it your home. Add overstuffed cushions and pillows to create a softened, inviting space. Select cushions with covers that are constructed of dirt and humidity repellent materials that have the ability to remain outside when it rains. Who wants to move cushions inside and out during inclement weather? Not me. Invest in the right product and you will have more time to enjoy time with your family. Lastly, don’t limit yourself to just furniture and accessories. Look for that paint color that is “just right” to anchor your home, fences and arbors to your new indoor-outdoor space. Perhaps you should be bold this season and take a risk. Follow the new European trend and select paint colors of dark green, dark blue and dark charcoal gray. These deep tones are sure to add depth and interest to your new space. A house painted in dark colors affects the overall appearance of your indoor-outdoor space and garden. It also adds great curb appeal.
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PATRICK BAGLINO Patrick Baglino established his own firm, Patrick J. Baglino Jr. Interior Design, in 1998. Branding a style he calls “urban sophisticated,” his work can be seen in shelter magazines like Elle Decor, Home Magazine and DC Modern Luxury. House Beautiful named him one of America’s Top Young Designers. Patrick was the winning designer of the Washington, DC episode of HGTV’s “Showhouse Showdown.” Each and every project the designer works on is unique. His stated goal is to create artful interiors that reflect the needs and lifestyle of each individual client. Every design should be fresh, distinct, elegant and timeless. Those elements, combined with the professional know-how, global resources and design excellence provided by firm owner, Patrick J. Baglino, Jr., ASID, enables the group to continually forge ahead and consistently set new standards for beautiful spaces of all kinds.
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Culture EXPLORING ANCIENT AND LIVING RUINS Known as “Robert des ruines” because of his penchant for painting ancient ruins, Hubert Robert was regarded during his lifetime as one of France’s most successful and prominent artists. In the first monographic exhibition showcasing Robert’s full achievement as a draftsman and painter, some 50 paintings and 50 drawings will chart his development in Rome and subsequent high level of accomplishment after his return to Paris. The exhibition will also focus on Robert’s lasting contribution to French visual culture and the fundamental role he played in promoting the architectural capriccio, an art form in which famous monuments of antiquity and modernity were imaginatively combined to create striking and novel city scenes and landscapes.
Hubert Robert, 1733–1808 June 26 – October 2, 2016 National Gallery of Art, West Building
Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations April 15 – September 30, 2016 National Geographic Society
INVISIBLE BOUNDARIES: EXPLORING YELLOWSTONE’S GREAT ANIMAL MIGRATIONS The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem lies in the path of some of the most significant wildlife migration routes on the planet. However, major challenges await migratory animals as they leave Yellowstone National Park. The long-term conservation of these animals depends on the actions of landowners and other stakeholders far beyond the national park’s borders. As part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration and, in conjunction with the May issue of National Geographic magazine, “Invisible Boundaries” uses stunning photographs, immersive video, interactive migration maps, cultural objects, and original artwork to explore the compelling story behind some of the most amazing animal migrations on the planet. JUL | AUG | SEPT 2016
DC DESIGN HOUSE 2016 DC Design House Set for October 1-30
The 9th annual showhouse to feature 20 rooms designed by DC’s top talent with proceeds benefiting Children’s National The 2016 DC Design House will be open for one month starting October 1 at 2509 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC, 20007, a $10.8 million home listed by Nancy Itteilag of Washington Fine Properties. The five-story, 11,242 square-foot home includes seven bedrooms, eight full bathrooms, two half baths, three kitchens, five fireplaces, sauna, exercise and party rooms, wine cellar, elevator, plus an infinity pool. Built in 2010 by Gibson Builders and situated on a three-quarter-acre lot in the Wesley Heights/ Berkley neighborhood, the home, designed by GTM Architects, was previously used as the temporary residence of the French Ambassador while his home was undergoing renovations and is also located next door to the 2013 DC Design House location. The 9th Annual DC Design House benefitting Children’s National Health System will feature the design talents of Charles Almonte of Charles Almonte Architecture/Interior Design, Barbara Brown of Barbara Brown Interiors, Country Casual, Rachel Dougan of ViVi Interiors, Blake Dunlevy of D&A Dunlevy Landscapers, Farrow & Ball, Melanie Hansen, Pooja Bhagia Mittra & Steven Corbeille of Yardstick Interiors, Pamela Harvey of Pamela Harvey Interiors, Josh Hildreth & Victor Sanz of DMG Interiors, Quintece Hill-Mattauszek of Studio Q Designs, Andrea Houck of A. Houck Designs, Lena Kroupnik of Lena Kroupnik Interiors, Allie Mann of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., Kelley Proxmire of Kelley Interior Design, Victoria Sanchez of Victoria At Home, Camille Saum of Camille Saum Interior Design, Jonathan Senner of Atelier Jonathan Senner, Betsy Stires of Frog Hill Designs, Nadia N. Subaran & Megan M. Padilla of Aidan Design, and Stephen Wlodarczyk of Wheat’s Landscape. Boutiques include Ibhana Creations by Meena Tharmaratnam, Whyte House Monograms by Debbie McCarthy Whyte, and Jeff L Designs by Jeff LiaBraaten. Sponsors to date are Farrow & Ball, www.farrowandball.com, Thos. Moser, www.thosmoser.com, and FRED Home Improvement, www. schedulefred.com. Tickets are $35. More info at www.dcdesignhouse.com.
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Top: Kelley Proxmire fabrics for Family Room, Left: Thos. Moser Harpswell Chairs for Breakfast Room by Betsy Stires, Bottom: Charles Almonte fabrics for Bedroom #2. Right: Josh Hildreth & Victor Sanz design boards/fabric for Library & Whiskey Bar
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FROM SOFT PASTELS TO A PUNCH OF PINK, BRIGHTEN YOUR HOME WITH A LITTLE COLOR
Whether with accessories, furniture or wall paint, adding color to a room immediately affects its overall appeal. “A little color can go a long way,” says Kelley Proxmire, principal of Kelley Interior Design, who is known for her bold use of color. Proxmire, recently named one of the best interior designers in Washington, DC by Washingtonian magazine, says the palette should be thoughtful. “Colors don’t need to match, but should harmonize,” Proxmire adds. From light to dark, mixing the same hue within a space is also a way to make a space sophisticated, yet comfortable. In a neutral room, bring in color with pillows, throws, fabrics and art. “It’s about finding the inspiration in a room and working the color throughout,” Proxmire says. And remember to look up – painting or wallpapering the ceiling a subtle, yet complementary color gives the room a finished look.
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In a recent Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. kitchen project, the Virginia homeowners requested bright pink for the wall color. “It’s the wife’s favorite color,” says Case Designer Stephanie Dickens, who, along with Case Project Developer Jim Wrenn, remodeled the kitchen. “The pink walls add a splash of color to a mostly white space,” Dickens says. The floral fabric of the banquette cushions and coordinating pillows pack an additional punch. Top: The owner requested her favorite color, pink, for the walls in this otherwise all-white kitchen by Case Design/ Remodeling, Inc., www.casedesign.com. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg Lower left: Ivy Lane, www.ivylaneliving.com, designers Courtney Cox and Alex Deringer created a sophisticated white dressing room for a Virginia homeowner. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg Lower right: Varying shades of pink accent this girl’s room designed by Marika Meyer of Marika Meyer Interiors, www.meyerinteriors.com. Photo by Angie Seckinger
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Even an all-white space can make a powerful statement. For instance, Courtney Cox and Alex Deringer, principals of Ivy Lane and Ivy Lane Living, a boutique in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, created an elegant dressing room outfitted with Lucite, crystal knobs and glass-front cabinets. “The white backdrop offers a neutral palette for all the hues in the owner’s wardrobe,” Cox says, “and incorporating a little bling makes it sparkle.” Bringing color into a room not only brightens the space, but also can lift one’s mood. As days get longer in the warmer months, consider adding some exuberance to rooms, both inside and out, with shades of a favorite color. The symmetrical stone pool houses by Jim Rill of Rill Architects, www.rillarchitects.com, are reflected in the pool’s blue water. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg Blue tiles add a pop of color in this sleek new bathroom by Case Design/Remodeling, Inc, www.casedesign. com. Photo by Stacy Zarin Goldberg The painted ceiling meets the cutout cloud wallpaper in the bedroom designed by Rachel Dougan of ViVi Interiors, www.viviinteriors.com. Photo by Angie Seckinger
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Calendar DC’s Upcoming Parties, Concerts, Celebrations and Events JULY 4TH FIREWORKS The W Hotel Washington DC July 4, 2016 This closest hotel to the White House, with an incredible rooftop view of the city (and the fireworks), hosts a special July 4th celebration each year. Titled “Boom with a View,” the evening offers an unparalleled view of the National Fireworks display from the P.O.V. Roof Terrace and Lounge on top of the W. Tickets required. THE CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL Trinidad, Brookland, H Street Locations July 7-31, 2016 The Capital Fringe Festival, also referred to as the DC Fringe Festival, is an annual performing arts event in Washington, DC featuring more than 129 performing groups in a variety of venues around the city. The Capital Fringe Festival introduces risk-taking art and non-traditional performances including theater, dance, music, poetry, puppetry and more.
THE FRIENDSHIP FIREHOUSE FESTIVAL South Alfred Street between Prince and King Streets August 6, 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE CITI OPEN William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW July 16-24, 2016 The Citi Open, formerly the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, is a US Open Series Event with competitions for more than $1.8 million in player compensation on the court. The world class tennis event is recognized by the ATP World Tour as one of the top 20 tournaments worldwide. The Citi Open continually attracts the best men’s tennis players from all around the globe. It benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), a non-profit organization that strives to improve the life of Washington, DC area youths through tennis, educational and community-based activities. Tickets required. MARYLAND RENAISSANCE FAIR Intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Road in Crownsville, Maryland Open weekends, August 27-October 23, 2016, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Each August through October, the Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games. At the family fun event, held in Anne Arundel County about 30 miles from Washington, DC, you can see a fire-eater, watch jousting in full armor, marvel at jugglers and magicians, and listen to music and choral groups. Attendees enjoy a variety of fare from more than 40 food outlets and can shop at 130 craft shops for stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, wood-butchery, leather-work, inlay, clothing and glass-blown creations. Child-friendly activities include free pony rides, a maze, archery, a play area and dozens of games. Tickets required. ANNUAL DC BLUES FESTIVAL Rock Creek Park 4850 Colorado Avenue, NW September 5, 2016, Noon-7:30 p.m.
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Carter Barron Amphitheatre is a 3,700 seat outdoor concert venue in a beautiful, wooded setting in Rock Creek Park. This year’s schedule includes performances by Sharrie Williams, James Armstrong, Full Power Blues, The Mojo Priests and Jackson and Oziel. No tickets required.
The Friendship Firehouse Festival is a family event held each summer celebrating the role that firefighters have played throughout history. The festival, hosted by the historic Friendship Firehouse in Old Town Alexandria, features antique fire apparatus, craft booths and displays by Alexandria merchants. Children receive free fire helmets and balloons and are treated to supervised visits where they can become “co-passengers” inside the city’s fire trucks. THE NATION’S TRIATHALON Sunday, September 11, 2016, 7 a.m. The Nation’s Triathlon is a prestigious sporting event in Washington, DC that includes a scenic course that winds through the National Mall, a 1.5k swim in the Potomac River, a 40k bike course through the streets of DC and Maryland, finishing with a 10k run past the city’s historical landmarks. The weekend-long festivities include a free, two-day Health & Fitness Expo and a finish line festival featuring a live band. The Nation’s Triathlon benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research. Registration required.
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he National Archives has operated in the same location for over 80 years. It was established in 1934, opened in 1935 and houses records dating back as far as 1775.
There are approximately 10 billion pages of textual records; 12 million maps, charts, and architectural and engineering drawings; 25 million still photographs and graphics; 24 million aerial photographs; 300,000 reels of motion picture film; 400,000 video and sound recordings; and 133 terabytes of electronic data.
The task of designing an archives building was given to the distinguished architect, John Russell Pope. He set out to create a structure that would be in harmony with other great Washington landmarks—the White House, Capitol, Treasury Building, and Lincoln Memorial—and at the same time express the significance, safety, and permanence of the records to be deposited inside.
The Rotunda displays the original copies of 3 very important documents in U.S. history - the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. These are viewable by the public and attract many visitors each year.
4. Archives locations in 17 states, from coast-to-coast, protect and provide public access to millions of records. In addition to assisting Federal agencies and the public with research and reference services, they deliver educational programs and public workshops to help Americans learn how to use archived records.
Documents capture the sweep of the past: slave ship manifests and the Emancipation Proclamation; captured German records and the Japanese surrender documents from World War II; journals of polar expeditions and photographs of Dust Bowl farmers; Indian treaties making transitory promises; and a richly bound document bearing the bold signature “Bonaparte”—the Louisiana Purchase Treaty that doubled the territory of the young republic.
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THE FOG CUTTER Glassware: Collins Glass Method: Combine ingredients into a shaker and shake to a 13 count. Strain over ice into a Collins Glass. Float Sherry, garnish and serve. *Recipe courtesy of Gary Reagan’s “Joy of Mixology” Ingredients: 1.5 oz. Appleton White .5 oz. Martell VSOP .5 oz. Beefeater Gin 2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice .5 oz. Lemon Juice .5 oz. Orgeat Syrup Garnish: Float of Sherry (Sandeman Amontillado, .25 oz.) and Flag Garnish (Cherry and Orange Peel) Legendary Bartender and Tiki pioneer Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron was once quoted as saying, “Fog Cutter, hell, after two of these you won’t even see the stuff.” Sweet, sour, bright, and bold, with a whole lot of tropical, set the Fog Cutter up to be a perfect date to bring to the summer beach. The citrus starts out as the perfect pair against the summer rays, and then as the flavor unwinds, a depth of botanicals and floral from the Beefeater and Martell add depth and decadence. Not to be outdone, the Rum and the Orgeat (vanilla and almond) form a backbone of heat and sweet resembling tiki torches lighting up sand dunes as the sun sets over the ocean. A pièce de résistance, the Fog Cutter, is sure to clear the way for a scintillating summer situation.
favorite. The most popular drink in Mexico (the Margarita is actually the most popular drink in the United States, not Mexico), The Paloma, is a simple yet deliciously refined. This version of the cocktail tries to stay true to heritage, however, utilizes a slight modification, in the form of a frozen cocktail, to add a touch of chill and refreshment to help combat the beaming summer shine. It fires on all cylinders: crisply cold, layered tart, natural sugars, all combined with the classic earth, citrus, tropical, and charred fruit flavors of an true 100% agave distillate such as Avion Silver.
SUMMER MIST Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Coat an empty rocks glass with Irish Mist honey liqueur and fill with crushed ice. Combine ingredients in a shaker, except for Plymouth Sloe, and shake to a 13 count. Strain over crushed ice, garnish with mint and float of sloe gin, serve and enjoy! *Strawberry Syrup: 1 cup by volume sugar, 1 cup by volume water and 6-8 cut strawberries. Combine in a stainless steel saucepan and reduce 15-20 minutes, or until desired taste.
Ingredients: 2 oz. Absolut Elyx .25 oz. Strawberry Syrup .25 oz. Lemon Juice Crushed Ice Irish Mist Spritz Garnish: .25 oz. Float of Plymouth Sloe Gin and a Mint Sprig
SUNSET ELEVADO Glassware: Rocks Glass Method: Combine ingredients into a blender, except the cherry liqueur, and blend till desired consistency is reached. Pour into a rocks glass, garnish, float cherry liqueur, serve and enjoy! Ingredients: 3 oz. Avion Silver Tequila 5 oz. Grapefruit Juice .5 oz. Lime Juice .5 oz. Agave Nectar Pinch of Salt 2 cups (by volume) Crushed Ice Garnish: Lime Wheel, Half salt rim, and Cherry Liqueur Float
Sometimes in the summer, it is unbearably hot and the best thing is a brisk mist rolling off of sea waves. Just like a great cocktail, the mist in the summer, soothes yet enhances the day. Lemon juice represents the sun, vibrant, yet with danger to burn. The strawberry syrup represents the sunrise and sunset, crimson, yet sweetly refreshing. Honey liquor, Irish mist, represents how sweet it is to spend a day in the sun, not worrying about work, and the crushed ice represents the cooling refreshment of the ocean side. The Absolut Elyx, silky and smooth, powerful and gentle, provides the foundation of the cocktail and the tie that binds all of the other ingredients together. Not to be left out, some simple garniture nourishes the senses along with providing a sense of rest and relaxation.
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WATERMELON GAZPACHO WITH FETA CREMA SERVINGS: 6 Gazpacho 1 pound seedless watermelon, rind removed, coarsely chopped (about 3 cups) 1 large beefsteak tomato, coarsely chopped 1 English hothouse cucumber, peeled, coarsely chopped 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, sliced 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper Crema And Assembly ¼ cup almonds 2 ounces feta, preferably French sheep’s milk, crumbled (about ½ cup) ¼ cup sour cream 3 tablespoons whole milk ¾ pound seedless watermelon, rind removed, cut into ½” pieces (about 2 cups) ½ English hothouse cucumber, peeled, cut into 1/2” pieces Olive oil (for serving) Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon) Freshly ground black pepper Gazpacho • Purée watermelon, tomato, cucumber, jalapeño, oil, and vinegar in a blender until smooth. • Transfer gazpacho to a large bowl; season with kosher salt and pepper. Cover and chill at least 1 hour before serving. • Do Ahead: Gazpacho can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Crema And Assembly • Preheat oven to 350°. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, about 8–10 minutes. (Alternatively, you can do this step in a dry small skillet over medium heat.) Let almonds cool, then coarsely chop. • Mash feta into sour cream in a small bowl until mostly smooth, then whisk in milk. • Divide watermelon and cucumber among bowls and pour gazpacho over. Top with crema and almonds, drizzle with oil, and season with sea salt and pepper.
CORN SALAD WITH HAZELNUTS, PECORINO AND MINT SERVINGS: 4 ½ cup blanched hazelnuts 4 ears of corn, husked 1 garlic clove, finely grated 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest Kosher salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 ounces Pecorino Toscano, shaved ¼ cup coarsely chopped mint ¼ cup coarsely chopped tarragon 1 teaspoon Aleppo-style pepper • Preheat oven to 350°. Toast hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown, 8–10 minutes. Let cool, then coarsely chop. • Meanwhile, prepare a grill for medium heat. Cut kernels from 1 corn cob into a large bowl. Add garlic, orange juice, vinegar, and lemon zest and toss to combine; season with salt. Set aside. • Brush remaining 3 ears of corn with oil and grill, turning occasionally, until very tender and charred and blackened in spots, 10–12 minutes. (Alternatively, remove kernels from cobs and cook in a dry large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until charred in spots, about 4 minutes.) Let cool. • Cut kernels from cobs and add to reserved salad; add hazelnuts, Pecorino, mint, tarragon, and Aleppo-style pepper and toss to combine. Season with salt.
BUCATINI WITH BUTTER-ROASTED TOMATO SAUCE SERVINGS: 12 1 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes 8 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes plus more for serving Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 oz. bucatini or spaghetti Finely grated Parmesan (for serving) • Preheat oven to 425°. Combine tomatoes (crushing them with your hands), garlic, anchovies, butter, and ½ tsp. red pepper flakes in a 13x9” baking dish; season with salt and black pepper. Roast, tossing halfway through, until garlic is very soft and mixture is jammy, 35–40 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash to break up garlic and tomatoes. • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking liquid. • Return pasta to pot and add tomato sauce and pasta cooking liquid. Cook over medium-high heat, tossing until sauce coats pasta, about 3 minutes. Serve topped with Parmesan and more red pepper flakes. • Do Ahead: Tomato sauce can be made 4 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat before mixing with pasta.
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SPICY CHIPOTLE GRILLED CHICKEN SERVINGS: 6 1/4 cup canned chipotle chiles in adobo 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, pressed 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon paprika 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 3 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces Nonstick vegetable oil spray • Combine chipotles in adobo, olive oil, and garlic cloves in processor; puree until paste forms. Add chopped onion, chopped cilantro, paprika, ground cumin, chili powder, and salt; process until onion is finely chopped. Transfer 1/4 cup chipotle mixture to small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Arrange chicken pieces in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Spread remaining chipotle mixture all over chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate overnight. • Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Grill chicken until cooked through, moving to cooler part of grill as needed to prevent burning and brushing with reserved marinade during last 5 minutes of grilling, about 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter and serve.
BASIL-CHIP ICE CREAM SERVINGS: MAKES ABOUT 41/2 CUPS 5 large egg yolks 2 cups heavy cream 1¾ cups whole milk ½ cup sugar ⅓ cup sweetened condensed milk ¼ teaspoon kosher salt ¼ cup buttermilk 1 cup basil leaves 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate • Set a large metal bowl inside another large bowl filled with ice water. Lightly beat egg yolks in a medium bowl. Bring cream, whole milk, and sugar to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Whisking constantly, gradually stream half of cream mixture into yolks. Return egg mixture to saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats spoon, 2–3 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into prepared bowl. Stir in condensed milk and salt. Let cool, stirring occasionally, 20–30 minutes, then stir in buttermilk. • Using an immersion blender, mix base until smooth and silky. Add basil; mix until finely chopped. Cover and chill 2 days. • Blend base with immersion blender; strain into an ice cream maker. Process according to manufacturer’s directions. • Meanwhile, grate chocolate on the large holes of a box grater into a large bowl. Add ice cream and fold to evenly incorporate chocolate. Transfer to an airtight container. Cover and freeze at least 2 hours before scooping.
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Health & Wellness
Summer Tips That Do a Body Gorgeously Good! by Jeanine Finelli
What’s the first word that comes to mind when I mention the word “summer”? Maybe it’s vacation, beach, tan, cookouts or relaxation. If you are like most of us, your first thought is a swim suit….…
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Do you feel bombarded by all of the messages about having a “beach body”? My feeling is that all you need to have a “beach body” is 1), a body and 2), go to the beach. Now that we’ve got that settled, read on to learn a few tips that will help your body weather the hot sun, help you to look your best and keep you healthy on the inside while enjoying summer’s splendid gifts.
Suncreen Crucial… right? Burning is never a win for the skin, aging process or mood. With so many options for sunburn protection, here are a few tips to help not only prevent burning, but to also limit your toxic exposure because we all know that the skin is your largest organ. What you put on it (especially on open sweaty pores) can accumulate in your bloodstream and organs. Those of you who know my work know that I never opt for sexy over healthy. There IS a place where the two shall meet. Click on this link to learn about which sunscreens rate low on the toxicity scale and learn about which ingredients are harmful and which ones are a better option for safer tan lines. http://www.ewg. org/2015sunscreen/ Choosing to be healthy is so much more than exercise and diet. The chemicals that we put on our skin over the decades...all in the name of beauty… seep into our bodies. Don’t fool yourself in the name of beauty because I guarantee you that if your lotion, deodorant or sunless tanner had a skull and crossbones on it, you would think twice. I urge you to think twice!
Summertime Hair Damage Most of us love the look of relaxed beach hair, but what we may not realize is that in just 2 or 3 months or frolicking in Mr. Sun, our hair can become seriously damaged! Before you jump into the pool or catch the next wave, wet your hair with regular water by grabbing a quick poolside shower or by using a spray bottle. When the hair is wet, it can’t absorb more water containing chlorine and salt. Boom! Tip number two includes a tropical tip you’re sure to love! Once per week, when you are cooking, doing laundry or watching a movie, apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair. Then tie it up in a hipster bun or a ponytail. Leave it in as long as possible- one, two, three, four hours or more! I have found that it’s the best natural conditioner and super cheap. While you’re at it, enjoy a spoonful of this uber healthy, guilt free fat because times have changed! If you grew up in the “fat makes you fat” era like I did, lets debunk that myth right now. Processed foods, sugar, artificial ingredients, excess carbs, and lack of exercise add up to extra pounds. Healthy fats are crucial to optimizing weight. You are welcome!
Hydration Don’t take hydration lightly my friends! This summer, thousands will forget to hydrate properly and become unnecessary victims of fainting spells, heatstroke, and nausea. Aiming for half your body weight in ounces daily is a good rule of thumb, but when you combine dehydrating airline travel, long car rides, sweating and increased activity, you become susceptible to losing crucial electrolytes. Invest in a cute, refillable, eco friendly, BPA free bottle and carry it around with you. Then refill it several times a day because carrying it around and taking small sips on the same fill up doesn’t count! Water woes got you (painfully gulping it) down? I absolutely love a product called Ultima Replenisher. It’s super clean, GMO free, gluten free, no sugar or artificial anything. It replaces small amounts of electrolytes at a time as opposed to some super salty and artificial sports drinks. There are a few flavors, but the grape and orange are my favorites. Not to mention, the more water you drink between meals, the less hungry you will be because the body’s first signal for thirst is actually dehydration disguised as hunger. Stay hydrated and remember also that the more you drink, the more fat you will flush through urine. Next time you feel inconvenienced at the number of trips you are making to the restroom, don’t be. Operation “Ciao to fat” is underway! When many of us think of summertime, we become nostalgic and long for the dreamy days or our youth, or a time when the virtual office didn’t invade our private lives. In my book, Love Yourself to Health… with Gusto, there are countless tips on how to put yourself first in a world that sometimes just sees you as… in the way. If you want to know more about the ways in which you can confidently fall in love with your inner child of the past and manage the stressors that adulthood has piled upon you, pick up a copy (or ebook) on Amazon here https://www.amazon. com/Love-Yourself-Health-Gusto-Relationships-ebook/dp/B00O14EO1M A sweet, sultry, sandy, soulful summer is just what the doctor ordered sans self judgement or guilt. Go on and be healthy and free…really free.
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Slip On The slip dress is back and looking slinkier than ever – trimmed with scalloped lingerie lace at Celine, in 90s satin or see-thru chiffon at Saint Laurent or layered over fine knits at Pucci.
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Vivid Color Rainbows clashing in a bright blue sky is one way to describe this look. Christopher Kane, Gucci, Balmain and Dries Van Noten presented their Pantone hits in new graphic effects.
The Backpack The humble backpack – or rucksack as they say - has been given a haute makeover thanks to Burberry, who embroidered each model’s initials into their canvas and nylon wares. Elsewhere, Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim luxed up the traditional shape.
The 90s From Saint Laurent to Vetments, the 1990s fashion scene was the most popular decade to mine for inspiration on London catwalks. Even the tracksuit made a seriously chic comeback, with Edie Campbell modelling Chloe’s new velour number.
Knee-Skimming Shorts The wearable shorts trend this summer in the UK is long. The majority of shorts hit bang-on knee length and were either tailored slim without a turn-up and pressed with a crease or cut from something more breathable, such as silk.
Cuban Collars This season, the Brits are looking back to the 1950s and taking inspiration. As temperatures rise, lightweight shirts are featuring the retro Cuban collar. For an even more spring-appropriate look, don’t be afraid to go bold.
Grey Inspired Palettes Usually the warmer months invite an explosion of color on the catwalks - but for SpringSummer 2016 designers seemed to unanimously decide on a more subdued palette, with grey topping the list as the most widely-seen hue.
Distressed Jeans This season’s denim is ripped, patched, bleached - all but destroyed, basically. And while ones that are slashed to pieces might only be for the boldest among us, the key takeaway is that your jeans should look lived in whether that’s through a lighter wash or a repair or two.
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Money & Finance
FINANCIAL PLANNING STRATEGIES by Marc Schliefer
Most people spend more time planning their vacation each year than they spend on their finances annually. During the summer, it is a good time to review your finances, especially because your work schedule may be a little bit lighter than normal. Here are some things you should consider reviewing in this summer to help you and your family with their financial planning strategies and make sure that you are on track for whatever financial goals that you may have. As the heat increases, it’s a good time to review your spending patterns from the past year. Categorize your spending and see if your spending patterns are higher in certain categories and where you can make strategic reductions to put more money away for savings, college planning, retirement, or whatever goals that you may want to accelerate. It is also a good time to reflect and see if you can eliminate or reduce some of your expenses. Some people have discovered that they don’t need the premium cable channels, that they can save money on their insurance and that they can add technology to their home to make their heating and air conditioning bills go down. If you have credit card balances, it is a good time to call the credit card companies to see if your interest rates can be lowered. A lot of times a phone call is all that it takes to have them lower your interest rate by several percent. Many times if you are current on your payments and have not been late, the credit cards will offer you a permanent rate reduction or a rate reduction for a specific time frame. If they reduce your interest rate, I would try to either keep the payment the same or add to your current payment in order to have more money going to the reduction of principal, helping you get rid of the credit card balance sooner. This strategy also can work with other types of loans. If your mortgage interest rate is high you may also want to look at refinancing if you have enough equity in your home and your credit is good. Other summer projects that can save you money include going through your house to find things that you no longer want or need and are still in good shape. Clothes, furniture, housewares, old cars and other items can be donated to charitable organizations. This helps you declutter your house and keeps things fairly organized. In addition, if you itemize your
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taxes you may be able to get a tax deduction as long as you follow the IRS guidelines on donating. You should look at IRS Publication 526 and Publication 561, which are online, for exact details. If you are like some people that receive an extension for their taxes from April 15th to October 17th, it’s a good time to gather your tax records and get ready to file your return. This may require contacting companies that have not sent you tax forms yet or work on finding cost basis on investments that you have sold. It is a good time to prepare before the deadline. I hope these tips are helpful for you and your family, save you money and make your summer more productive by helping you get closer to your financial goals. Here’s to a great summer. ** Many financial planners including myself have questionnaires that help you put this information together. I am happy to send you a questionnaire, please email me at email@example.com. Many people find this very helpful in putting their present situation together. It is good to have this first step together before you meet with a financial planner that will make your sessions more clear and productive. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through CWM, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. LPL Financial is under separate ownership from any other named entity.
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PARKING Parking—and its enforcement— is an important part of how any city works. In DC, the most tickets are issued closer to downtown and in the District’s denselypopulated, higher-income residential neighborhoods and entertainment areas. Enforcement is most concentrated in areas like Logan Circle/14th Street and Georgetown—even more so than in downtown. Overall, the higher amounts of tickets were issued in the District’s core—downtown, Capitol Hill, Dupont Circle— while more spread out in residential neighborhoods like Upper Northwest and areas in the eastern part of the city, near the Maryland border. Where in the District parking tickets are issued might tell us something about where people are driving, and—more importantly—where it’s appropriately difficult to park because there’s a high demand for parking (GGW)
JACKIE KENNEDY The Georgetown mansion that Jackie Kennedy called home following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination has been listed privately for $10 million. Following President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, the First Lady lived briefly at the house of friend and politician Averell Harriman before buying the seven-bedroom, 5.5-bath home at 3017 N Street NW. She lived there only briefly and, in 1964, moved to New York. (Urban Turf)
DISTRICT RENT Forty percent of one-bedroom apartments in the District rent for above $2,000/month, per findings released as part of a Trulia study that looked at rental rates for one-bedroom and two-bedroom rentals in cities across the country. Specifically, 40.4 percent of one-bedroom apartments in the city are renting above the $2,000 a month mark. In the sub-markets of Mount Vernon Square, Shaw, Logan Circle, West End, the area around George Washington University and Downtown, over 70 percent of one-bedrooms are renting for above that monthly rental rate. (Urban Turf)
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Four Montgomery County-based companies, including three in one Bethesda office park, made the annual Fortune 500. All four—No. 60 Lockheed Martin, No. 195 Marriott International, No. 406 Discovery Communications and Nov. 472 Host Hotels & Resorts— were on the list of highest earning companies last year and were rated higher this year. (Bethesda Beat)
SPECIALTY FOODS Eastern Market is about to get a lot more competition. In late 2017, Trader Joe’s – with customer parking – will open up in the Hine project. This is in addition to a new Whole Foods at 600 H Street, NE, opening in late 2016 and another Whole Foods at 800 New Jersey Avenue, SE, opening in 2017 – both with parking. In addition, the Stanton Eastbanc merchandising and leasing strategy for the Hine project envisions “specialty culinary food purveyors such as a wine and cheese shop, spice shops, chocolates, specialty teas and coffees, and New York deli type retailers.…” Union Market, with its plentiful parking, numerous specialty food shops and cafes already attracts Capitol Hill customers. (Capitol Hill Corner)
EMBASSY ROW WALKING TOUR July 10th 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Travel the world in only two hours! On this tour of the famous Embassy Row, you will explore the vast cultures and histories of the foreign embassies. You will also see some of the grandest homes in Washington, DC and learn about the foreign governments that occupy them. An expert tour guide will tell the stories and scandals of the former residents of Embassy Row. The tour is $20 and lasts approximately two hours. The meeting place is at the escalator at Dupont Circle Metro Stop (north entrance) on Connecticut Avenue and Q streets.
EMBASSY OF CANADA Initiative to protect the Great Lakes
EVENING AT THE EMBASSY OF SAUDI ARABIA August 4th 2016 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm On August 4th, experience an Arabian Night filled with delicious food and lively entertainment. The Embassy of Saudi Arabia will host a full Saudi dinner including delicacies like spanakopita, tabbouleh and Saudi chicken kabob. After dinner, there will be a fashion show where members of the audience will be chosen to display some of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional attire. There will also be a display of Saudi art accompanied by a slideshow presentation. Tickets for the event are $50 and business attire is suggested.
In June, the Embassy of Canada increased their funding to the Sea Lamprey Control Program with an additional $8 million dollars. This investment is meant to help prevent the spread of the Sea Lamprey in the Great Lakes and its tributaries. The parasitic fish, which is native to the Atlantic Ocean, attaches itself to its prey and drains it of blood and vital nutrients and has an enormous negative impact on the Great Lakes fishing industry. The $8 million dollars will specifically help the Great Lakes Fishery Commission fund the Sea Lamprey Control in the Great Lakes program. They plan to use to funding to build barriers and traps for the sea lampreys.
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Black Book WATERFALL RESTAURANT (PHILIPPINES) Located in the Quezon province of the Philippines, Villa Escudero is a lovely, hacienda-style resort with cozy rooms and an exotic atmosphere. However, what brought its international fame is the waterfall restaurant that allows tourists to enjoy a nice meal right at the foot of a small waterfall. In most cases, getting too close to a waterfall can prove deadly, but not at this particular restaurant at Villa Escudero. Here, people are actually encouraged to take off their shoes and get as close to the falls as possible. Set right at the foot of Labasin Falls, this special place invites customers to taste popular Filipino dishes while fresh spring water from the falls flows under and over their feet, making this an unforgettable experience. As you can imagine, it’s nowhere near as impressive as Niagara, but visitors who don’t mind getting their clothes wet can sit right under the rushing waterfall and get their pictures taken.
DYEN SABAI RESTAURANT AND BAR Located in Luang Prabang, Laos, this is a perfect spot for those wishing to escape the busy atmosphere of the main streets. They offer a secluded and peaceful setting, complete with bamboo huts, beautiful gardens, and excellent food. Come and hide away in their serene bamboo garden with a choice of a Western Style table or comfortable Laos futons and be entertained with a selection of books, board games and free WIFI.
While you may not associate Iceland with al-fresco dining, one chef has broken the mold by engaging in a little outdoor cooking on the country’s erupting volcano. In Iceland, Jacada can do helicopter trips to Thrihnukagigur volcano, where you can have a private dinner in the magma chamber. (Don’t worry, the volcano is dormant). After dessert, you also have the option of traveling through a newly built “ice tunnel,” in a nearby glacier.
DE KAS RESTAURANT & NURSERY located in a set of greenhouses which date back to 1926 and used to belong to the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery. As most believe that food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients, they grow their own herbs and vegetables in the greenhouses and gardens at the restaurant and on farmland in the Beemster area that they own. One fixed menu is created daily, based on the harvest of their nursery, supplemented with the best additional ingredients from local suppliers. On fine summer days, lunches and pre-dinner drinks are served outside on the patio in the herb garden.
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